Black Forest Tours at Carneval

Guided Tours

We offer experiences that are custom-tailored to you – worry-free, hassle-free and (if desired) non-touristy. With our Guided Tour (its not just another tour) the goal is not another budget tour, but rather to create an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience that is priceless. Come and see the real Black Forest, as only locals can show you.

Location

Black Forest, Bavaria, Lake Constance, Colmar, Alsace

Start / End

freiburg, Offenburg

Activity

sightseeing, easy walking, customized

Difficulty

easy

Duration

3-5 hours, 1 day, (add on more days)

Tour format

guided, with driver

Guided Tours

spring, summer, fall
3-5 hours, 1 day, (add on more days)

Touring with a private guide is the best way to see the Black Forest. A local tour guide (often myself) will show you the area. You get the local insights and don’t have to worry or read up about anything – we take care of it all. Guided tours usually start at your hotel in town or at the train station. We then head into the Black Forest to see and do the things you want to see and do. The guided tour will be custom-designed for you – by me. No tour is like another.

  • Your specific wants and needs
  • Find the hidden gems
  • Get the inside-scoop
  • Experience like a local
  • choose duration (half day, all day, several days)
  • choose start & end points
  • choose themes
  • choose activities & sights

Its Your Agenda

Your Guided Tour is unique and customized to your specific desires, needs and fitted to your particular travel style. You choose start & end points of your tour, and the duration of your tour. Themes you are interested in, Activities you would love to do, Sights you would like to see.

Our Guided tours can be booked as half day tours or full day tours.

What Is A Guided Tour Like?

Everyone is unique and your visit to The Black Forest will be unique too. I listen to your wants and needs, then provide options from which you can choose what to see and at a pace appropriate for you – so that you can experience The Black Forest like a local. I organize tours one-day-at-a-time that fit your particular travel style. You can even change your mind. This is your vacation. We want you to enjoy it.

Watch this short video Rick Steves made while we were touring The Black Forest together (published with permission of R.Steves):

Can’t I tour the Black Forest on my own?

Do-it-yourself touring of The Black Forest is not easy.  While The Black Forest is one of Germany’s biggest holiday region, English is not widely spoken. Even many popular tourist attractions do not offer English instructions or explanations. The target audience is German.

You may have tried piecing together destinations mentioned online, using a GPS to get from point to point in a rental car, only to find, just like a fine meal – just because you bought all the mentioned ingredients, it doesn’t mean the dish is tasty.

There are plenty of good books. But as an experienced traveller you already know that tour guide books try to be comprehensive, and by necessity, put you on a superficial path where you find all the other tourists who are using the same guide book. That’s not how you find special experiences.

Is it for me?

If you do not see yourself buying a cookie-cutter tour or vacation package in which you are on a bus with 49 other tourists; stopping at every road-side attraction whether you want to or not, with hectic deadlines, eating when and where everybody else eats. Then my Guided Tour is for you!

 

Itinerary

There is no such thing as a typical tour. All our guided tours are customized to your exact wants and needs.

If you book a Guided Tour with us we start out by sending you a questionnaire. From that we start building your itinerary. We are usually flexible up until the very last moment of your tour. So we can pay attention to the weather and other important things happening on the day of your visit.

Good to Know

  • Guides: (Knowledgable, English Speaking, Certified by the Black Forest Park Association, Members of the German National Tourist Guide Association (BVGD)
  • Drivers:  licensed & insured
  • Vehicle 
  • Parking fees included
  • Tolls and other road fees included
  • Distance & fuel costs included
  • Meals, drinks,  wine tasting fees 
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Transfers/transportation to your chosen starting point outside of our area (Freiburg)
  • Luxury vehicle upgrade
  • Guided Tours are usually available from mid-May to end of September.
  • Please contact us in advance* to find out if a tour can be organized on the day of your visit. (*We are usually not able to offer same-day tours as our tours are often booked-out far in advance)
  • We offer half day tours and all day tours
  • Don’t have that much time? In some cases we can also accommodate a shorter tour of 3 or 4 hours, please inquire.
  • Please email us your specific tour request (size of group, desired tour length, etc) so we can provide you with an exact price for your itinerary
  • Our prices are all inclusive. Our drivers are paid by the hour. If you enjoyed your tour, our driver certainly appreciate a tip – but it is NOT expected.
  • Our Guided tours usually start from Freiburg.
  • We can often also accommodate you if you are staying in Baden-Baden and Offenburg and don’t want to take the train to Freiburg to meet us. Please inquire

Be aware of scams. Driver guides and transport services of any kind are required by law in Germany to have a commercial passenger transportation license and insurance coverage for cars and passengers. You are in good hands with us. We are licensed and fully insured. ( Genehmigung nach §49 PBefG mit Mietwagen für die gewerbliche Personenbeförderung ).

Our Vehicles are

  • Safe and Clean Vehicles
  • All vehicles pass strict mechanical inspection by the German TÜV (Technical Security Association)
  • Vehicles have passenger transport insurance
  • Drivers have a passenger transportation license
  • Vehicle we use: Volvo & Mercedes. ( inquire about upgrading to luxury vehicles)
  • Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Smoking is not permitted in our vehicles
  • We strongly advise clients not to eat or drink on board
  • Mobile phone charger on board
  • Wi-Fi on board
  • Umbrellas on board
  • Bottled water on board
  • Child safety seats included
  • Parking fees included
  • Tolls and other road fees included
  • Distance & fuel costs included

 

Where you will be touring

Guided Tour Black Forest

See what some of our customers say who have done this tour before:

Black Forest Tours
Average rating:  
 184 reviews
 by Daniel A
Excellent Tour Guide, Program and Mini-Bus service

We used Black Forest Tours to book a 2 hour walking tour of the old town of Freiburg and an all day exploration of the western part of the Black Forest. We had the same terrific guide for both, Annemarie. Our group was 5 adults and five teens. The choice of locations and activities by Simone of the Tour company were also just right for this group. Our mini-bus was modern and well air-conditioned with an experienced driver from the area.

 by Catherine M
An amazing day in the Black Forest

Our family had an amazing tour of the Black Forest! It was the highlight of our 3 week trip to Germany. We loved learning the history of the Black Forest, seeing beautiful towns that were not filled with tourists, taking a short hike by a waterfall and a delicious lunch at a restaurant in the middle of the Black Forest. We highly recommend Black Forest Tours. Simone was easy to reach and very helpful in creating a tour specific to our requests. Our guide was very knowledgeable, attentive to our requests and so much fun. We loved our day in the Black Forest.

 by Jeff M
Great experience

We were unfortunately unable to take a tour due to Covid complications so this review is based solely on interacting with Simone. We were able to stop by the office and chat with her and came away very impressed by her integrity and honesty. She was unable to guarantee a guide would be available and provide us with a 100% satisfactory experience so she made the decision not to book our tour. While we were obviously disappointed we respected her decision to not take our money and provide anything less than her ideal of what her company represents. Her concern was for both our and her guides mutual benefit. She was very warm and helpful in suggesting alternatives we could enjoy and self tour by train. Based on our experience with Simone I would absolutely not hesitate to book a tour with Black Forest Tours if we were to return to Freiburg. I am sure it would be an experience that we would cherish forever.

 by Mobile137159
Freiburg & the mountain

Easily our best tour of out trip to Germany! Simone was knowledgeable & customized the tour to our needs. The XMAS Market in the mountain was the best we visited in all of Germany & we had a successful quest to find an authentic Cuckoo Clock!

 by JennHolt
Don’t Eat Breakfast Before Your Tour

My family and I had a FABULOUS time touring the Black Forest with Simone! After Simone picked us up from our hotel she took us to this amazing grocery where I had the best pretzel with butter I’ve ever had in my life. It was so soft and the butter was out of this world. I’m still dreaming of that pretzel. We then did some exploring of the countryside and mountains, went on a hike, bought a clock, enjoyed lunch on the water, and stopped for Black Forest cake. We all agreed this was our favorite tour. It was fun getting a customized tour where we were able to eat AND be active.

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